Since 2007 the National Library of Norway has been in charge of the web site and the database. The library now manages both on a permanent basis in cooperation with an international board.
The Beacon for Freedom of Expression was designed and produced by the Norwegian Forum for Freedom of Expression (1995-2001). From 2001 the database and website was managed by a Norwegian Steering Committee hosted by the Norwegian Library Association, and from 2002 in cooperation with an International Steering Committee. The Beacon for Freedom of Expression is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs, and is dedicated to the Library of Alexandria. Since 2007 the model for continued development of the database is based on a cooperation between an international Advisory Board and the National Library of Norway. The Board decides fundamental questions and long term strategies concerning the database and its application. In this international network of cooperation, the leadership of the Library of Alexandria plays a key role, as well as the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). Norwegian collaborators include the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights(NCHR)and the National Library of Norway. The international Board is headed by Helge Sønneland from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Church Affairs, at present a special adviser on European development on copyright media and culture, associated with the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law.